DATE: December 8, 2021                    

CONTACT: Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658

On December 8, a student at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School removed what appeared to be a handgun from his back pack during dismissal. Another student observed the gun and called attention to it. A school employee and a Charles County Sheriff’s school resource officer –who was already at the school–quickly retrieved the gun which turned out to be an airsoft replica gun. The student’s parents were contacted and the school resource officer, along with school administrators, will complete an investigation. Once the investigation is completed, the case will be presented to the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

The Sheriff’s Office is committed to student safety and is reminding parents to talk with their children about bringing inappropriate items to school and the dangers and possible consequences of these actions.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 2001 and has since earned the highest rating of Excellence. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: